GPs need guidance to speed referrals to neuro physiotherapy, says charity report

GPs need guidance and further training to help them assess people with neurological conditions and make effective referrals to services such as neuro physiotherapy.

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GPs should be aware of signs and symptoms of neurological conditions

This is according to a report from UK charity the Neurological Alliance, published on 15 August.

The Neurology and Primary Care report presents the results of a survey of 1,001 GPs from across the UK.

‘This report is highlighting what we already know,’ said Jakko Brouwers, chair of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology (ACPIN). ‘Namely, GPs are facing challenges in the early identification of specific patient groups and referring them onto pathways designed to fast-track appropriate care.

‘While a large component of patients who visit their GP may have a neurological condition, not all will present with neurological signs.

‘Developing a fast and easy way to identify neurological signs to support GPs in their critical day-to-day decision making is a great recommendation.’

The report sets out eight key recommendations for improving the primary care pathway for people living with neurological conditions.

These include developing a pan-neurological ‘watch list’ of 10 signs and symptoms GPs should be aware of during consultations with patients.

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